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G.O. 086 – West Coast Trail

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G.O. 086 - Doubt on the West Coast Trail

In 2010, Jason and Steven Calcote embarked on the week long journey of hiking Vancouver Island’s beloved West Coast Trail. Four days of non-stop rain, swollen rivers, and numerous obstacles would create a seminal event in their outdoor experiences. This is their story of accepting hardship and chasing epiphanies.

 

LINKS:

Parks Canada WCT
westcoasttrail.com
hikewct.com
Blisters and Bliss Book
WCT Wikipedia

 

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G.O. 068 – G.O. Gumbo 2

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G.O. 068 - G.O. Gumbo 2 - End of Season 3

Another season of the podcast comes to a close. Before our hiatus begins, enjoy three stories from previous guests.

  • Reflections on traveling through Kathmandu during an historic earthquake.

  • A tale of boredom trapped in a Canadian snowstorm.

  • And an account of an overstuffed pack, duct tape, and life lessons on the West Rim Trail.

See you in September.

G.O. 065 – Jen Hopper

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G.O. 065 - Jen Hopper's Road to Mentorship

A badly organized backpacking trip at age 14 triggered an enthusiasm for adventure in Jen Hopper. As an adult, she left the confines of a laboratory to pursue the wonders of nature. An accomplished caver, climber, SAR member, and explorer, she also shares the outdoors with students through the Outdoor Excursions program at UC Riverside. She and Jason met one afternoon to discuss the importance of good partners, a modicum of her adventures, and the perils of goat rescue.


LINKS:

Outdoor Excursions
Contact Info
instagram.com/globehopperjen

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
National Speleological Society
San Bernardino Sheriff’s Search and Rescue
Global Underwater Explorers

G.O. 037 – Alan Gegax

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G.O. 037 - Alan Gegax, Vegas' Hiking Mailman

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays Alan Gegax from an epic hike. When not delivering mail to the Vegas community, Alan leads one of the larger hiking Meetup groups in the West, Vegas Hiker’s Meetup. And when not leading hikes, he officiates outdoor weddings and writes stories for Desert Companion Magazine. Alan and Jason hid amongst a pile of rocks in Calico Hills and discussed the finer points of hiking groups, disastrous first backpacking trips, the joys of scrambling over rocks, and the ways the outdoors can change a person for the better.

LINKS:

Vegas Hikers Meetup
Alan’s Facebook
Wedding Officiating Business

Desert Companion Magazine
First Backpacking Experience
West Rim Trail

G.O. 031 – Solo Backpacking

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G.O. 031 - Roundtable: Solo Backpacking

Some choose to travel into the wilderness alone. Jason discusses the pros and cons of solitary backpacking with previous show guests: Shawnte, Pamela, and Alden in between sips of cocoa and bouts of laughter. They review the whys, the dangers, loneliness, planning, packing, navigation, hiker stink, 29 cat holes, and the rancid aroma of bear saliva.

LINKS:

Book: The Secret Knowledge of Water
Shawnte’s fear essay
Pamela’s Tips for Thru-hikers
Alden’s JMT Memories

Sawyer Mini Filter
Sawyer Inline Filter
Aquamira Water Treatment
Whisperlite Stove
Vargo Alcohol Stove
Jetboil Stoves
Pocket Rocket Stove
Snow Peak Stoves
Optimus Stove
InReach Explorer

caltopo.com

Lleah The Llama

G.O. 013 – Pamela Zoolalian
G.O. 016 – Alden Anderson
G.O. 027 – Shawnte Salabert

G.O. 028 – Bryan Snyder

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G.O. 028 - Misadventures Off the Map With Bryan Snyder

Self-proclaimed renegade car camper Bryan Snyder has a penchant for finding trouble. Each summer, he travels across the U.S. with his trusty sidekick, Charlie—his aging Jeep. He shares his misadventures with heights, weather, wildlife, and circumstance through his books and ongoing column in the Chenango County newspaper. One morning he and Jason huddled amongst some boulders at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and discussed Bryan’s numerous adventures, his path to self-publishing, the merits of Outdoor Science Schools, and the allure of off-limits European towers.

LINKS:

offthemapbooks.com
facebook.com/offthemapbooks
instagram.com/offthemapbooks/
amazon.com/Bryan-Snyder/e/B00IVAFPQA

Glasgow University
Association for Outdoor & Environmental Education: aeoe.org

G.O. 026 – Fresh Off The Grid

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G.O. 026 - Fresh Off The Grid's Extended Roadtrip

Megan McDuffie and Michael Van Vliet abandoned their traditional respectable lifestyles, moved into their passenger vehicle, and embarked on a  long-term roadtrip across the United States and Canada. During their travels they maintain the website Fresh Off The Grid where they share travel recipes and lessons from their adventures. Jason met Megan and Michael at Little Lander’s Park in Tujunga one evening to discuss their wanderings, strategies, and eschewing excuses to make the most of what is available.

LINKS:

freshoffthegrid.com
instagram.com/freshoffthegrid
facebook.com/FreshOffTheGrid
twitter.com/FreshOffTheGrid

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